8580Re: long sax sheath
- Nov 3, 2003
> This is what I'm trying to figure out :) I was under the impression
> they were folded over the edge of the blade and rivited down theback of
> the blade.I'm aware of some leather sheaths that appear to have had a strip of
bronze/brass folded over the edge only (not the back), and then
rivetted along the edge - eg. the tooled leather sheath found at York
(I believe this was found without the metal strip, but with holes and
markings suggesting rivets and a strip. There are more sources on
this type of thing - someone on this list must have them handy!).
This should not be a problem with a straight edge. The leather is
simply folded over the back of the blade. This would cause
difficulties with the angle towards the tip, but careful shaping,
soaking and stretching over the blade can sometimes overcome this -
otherwise, I'd probably take out a dart and edge-edge stitch it to
conceal the stitching (this is starting to enter the realms of
speculation rather than reconstruction ...).
The difficulty I found with my sheath is that the brass I used was
too thin and soft - the sheath bends too easily if I sit the wrong
way, and starts to develop wrinkles as a result of bending and being
bent back. This can be overcome by riveting multiple smaller strips
in a line instead of one long strip - the scabbard is therefore
flexible. I believe there is some evidence of this to the east, but
again, I concede that I do not have sufficient resources to hand.
... And one other thing ... don't drill the holes in the brass strip
while the blade is in the sheath ...
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